Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a visit to the Egyptian border that "the mission has been accomplished. We regained control of the border. This is an enormous feat, the impossible was achieved here." The second phase of the building of the Eilat fence from Taba to Ein Netafim (13.5 km) is at its peak and is expected to be completed by April 2013.
Netanyahu added that he has committed to the return of all the tens of thousands of African infiltrators to their countries of origin or to other countries. (Itamar Eichner)